4 pp. of a bifolium, each song 2 pp. in length. Folio (303 x 229 mm.). Notated in brown ink and pencil on 16-stave printed music paper.
Mein Garten with text by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben. First draft in ink, on three staves with accompaniment, later completed and corrected in pencil. Caption title, "Mein Garten," and text credits, "Hoffmann v. Fallersleben," in pencil to head of first page.
Geisternähe with text by Friedrich Halm (i.e., Eligius Franz Joseph Freiherr von Münch-Bellinghausen). A working manuscript in ink with corrections in pencil. Complete. Title "Geisternähe;" text credits "F. Halm;" and earlier crossed-out title "Ewige Liebe" in ink to head of first page. Date in ink in Robert Schumann's hand conclusion of music "d. 18ten Juli 1850."
With an autograph inscription in the hand of Clara Schumann to the foot of the second page of Geisternähe: "Handschrift Robert Schumanns. An Frau Adele Preyer zur freundlichen Erinnerung. Mai 1866. Clara Schumann."
Adele Preyer, to whom Clara Schumann gave the manuscript in 1866 in Bonn; the Louis Koch Collection, Frankfurt; Koch's heirs, the Floersheim family, Switzerland; the tenor Anton Dermota (1910-1989), former member of the Vienna Staatsoper.
Slightly worn; small tears to spine; creased at folds; ink stain to lower margin.
In very good condition overall.
McCorkle p. 334 ("Autograph c"). Catalog of Dermota collection (1988), 471 (with facsimile of p. ). Stargardt catalogue 583 (November 11, 1967), 761a (with facsimile of p. ). Kinsky: Manuskripte, Briefe, Dokumente von Scarlatti bis Stravinsky: Katalog der Musikautographensammlung Louis Koch, pp. 223-224.
"In the catalog of Schumann's works, Mein Garten (My Garden, Opus 77, No. 2...) is dated 1850. Scholars believe, with good reason, that it was based on sketches, or other material not used elsewhere, and to which Schumann now returned. Evidence in support of this view is the similarity to Chopin's Nocturne in G Minor (a composer after whom Schumann often modelled himself) and a quotation from Beethoven's An die Ferne Geliebte, dear to Schumann. This quotation occurs at the words "Ob sie heimisch ist hinieden." Its simple melodic line is supported by a simple accompaniment. In a modulation to F major, dreamy and full of longing, Schumann hints at something not related to the poem: happiness has been found."
"In Halm's Geisternähe (Your Spirit Near, Op. 77, No. 3) Schumann again returns to a subject that occupied him from time to time throughout his life: the beloved one's marriage to another. This song, as with many of his later songs, shows but slight identification of the composer with the texts being set. His nervous, overly sensitive psyche at best supplied an elegiac echo. This detachment seems to reflect the composer's growing withdrawal, eventually leading to silence and escape." Fischer-Dieskau: Robert Schumann Words and Music, pp. 178-179.
The two songs were first published by Whistling in Leipzig in 1851 in Volume 3 of the anthology Robert Schumann: Lieder und Gesänge.
The manuscripts of both songs show considerable evidence of the composer's compositional process and are important sources for the works. Item #25398
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